À partir d’aujourd’hui et pour seulement cinq jours, l’agence photographique Magnum propose à la vente une sélection d’images au format carré 15 x 15 cm pour 100$ chacune.
Nous vous en parlions déjà au mois de mai, lorsque l’agence a mis en place un concours photo ouvert à tous : Magnum fêtera en 2017 ses 70 ans et prépare à cette occasion une série d’événements.
“I was given a magazine assignment to photograph Jane Birkin and Serge Gainsbourg. Knowing that singers and actors can occasionally be difficult, I anticipated problems. In fact, this was not at all the case. They were warm, friendly and generally terrific. I spent the whole day with them, and they were totally relaxed, obviously in a great relationship. They attempted in no way to direct or influence what I was shooting, which made my life very easy.” Photo : Ian Berry /Magnum Photos.
Le deuxième à annoncer les festivités est la vente en ligne de tirages qui débute aujourd’hui. Elle est limitée dans le temps puisqu’elle s’achève vendredi 4 novembre. Avec pour thème « Conditions of The Heart: On Empathy and Connection in Photography », elle entend rendre hommage aux fondateurs de l’agence et leur relation avec leurs sujets pleine d’humanité et d’empathie comme par exemple David ‘Chim’ Seymour lors de son reportage sur les orphelins de guerre, photographiés pour l’Unicef en 1948.
Kochi, India, 2014 “Connection in photography can take many forms. While one typically thinks of the connection in photographing people one knows, there can also be a kind of intimacy with a place or a culture itself. As a street photographer, it is this latter connection that intrigues me. Over the years, I’ve learned that each culture demands its own unique and complicated approach—often with many nuanced variations—in order to photograph the life of its streets. For instance in Mumbai, people sometimes seem so interested in strangers, one may later discover smiling faces peering into the edges of one’s photographs. However, in a city such as Kochi in southern India where I took this photograph, one may also encounter unexpected quieter moments. Ultimately, no matter how gently and respectfully one tries to photograph in a culture other than one’s own, how long a street photographer can linger is largely thanks to the grace of others.” Photo : Alex Webb / Magnum Photos.
Nous cherchons seulement à raconter une histoire. Laissons les peintres du 17e siècles se soucier des effets. Nous devons raconter maintenant, laisser entrer les nouvelles, montrer le visage de la faim, les terres brisées, peu importe quoi du moment que ceux qui sont à l'aise puissent être un peu bousculés.
David ‘Chim’ Seymour, photographe et co-fondateur de l’agence Magnum
Pour ce projet, les photographes de l’agence Magnum ont été invités à soumettre des images qui pouvaient témoigner de l’héritage des fondateurs et à les accompagner d’un court texte témoignant de l’humanisme de leur démarche. Les images, au nombre de soixante, sont toutes disponibles au format 15 x 15 cm (6" x 6" exactement), signées des photographes ou leurs représentants et vendues 100$ l’unité. Les ventes se déroulent en ligne, sur la boutique shop.magnumphotos.com
A flute player on the road to Cuzco, near Písac, in the The Sacred Valley of the Urubamba River, Peru. May, 1954. “In May 1954, the photographer Eugene V. Harris met Werner Bischof in Machu Picchu. He wrote of this time: ‘On the last night of my brief friendship with Werner we sat before a fireplace, high in the Andes mountains of Peru, talking photography most of the night. I shall always remember his advice to me: “to take pictures with your heart.” His deep compassion for the humble people of the world, as revealed in his photos, will leave its permanent imprint on the work of other photographers.’ This was the last picture taken before Bischof’s tragic death in the Peruvian Andes.” – Marco Bischof, Director of the Werner Bischof Estate. Photo : Werner Bischof / Magnum Photos.
Iran. 2015. “When I take a camera in my hand, the world around me slows down. As do I. I love to work slowly, to have time. People, in an event like the one in this picture, will start to trust me in this way, which allows me to blend in. For this image, I hung around at a religious gathering for hours. After a while, I stopped getting noticed. I feel comfortable working in this way.” Photo : Newsha Tavakolian / Magnum Photos.
Homage to Chim (David Seymour) “I do not believe in empathy in photography, unapologetic or otherwise. I believe in sharp observation, always, and in confrontation with my subjects, sometimes. Although I never felt close to the work of Chim, nonetheless I admired his engagement and appreciated the empathy with which he photographed his subjects. There is more than empathy between this beggar in Rishikesh, India and the calf he is cradling like his own baby. There is love and compassion. The beggar, paralyzed in both legs, spends half of the alms he receives to feed the calf whom he has raised since it was born. The calf is growing up and will soon be a cow, no doubt a sacred one, like the tree behind them.” Photo : Abbas / Magnum Photos
Prized Possession (#2). Democratic Republic of the Congo, Africa. 2008. “This image was taken at the Mugunga refugee camp in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. At the time of my visit, in 2008, Mugunga had an estimated 90,000 inhabitants. The UNHCR (United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees) was in the beginning stages of moving the entire population two kilometers away from the fast approaching rebel forces. I climbed a hill on the north side of the camp to get a view of the thousands of makeshift shelters. Sitting alone at the top was Wembe, listening to his radio. Wembe had had this radio ever since escaping a rebel attack in his village, one year before. It was the only possession he was able to keep. Wembe told me that he climbed the hill every day to listen for good news.” Photo : Jim Goldberg / Magnum Photos
Source : Magnum Photos